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The New Space Opera by Gardner R. Dozois
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Oct 01, 11

bookshelves: sf-fantasy, short-story-collections
Read in September, 2011, read count: 1

Nothing terribly impressive in this collection.

I had already read the two standouts - "Minla's Flowers" (Alastair Reynolds) and "Muse of Fire" (Dan Simmons). Of the remaining, the best is Tony Daniel's "The Valley of the Gardens" and the absolute worst is Robert Silverberg's "The Emperor and the Maula," a retelling of The Arabian Nights.

My dissatisfaction with many of these stories is philosophical more than literary. There's a tendency in the New Space Opera and other hard-SF novels toward a coldness and inhumanity that rubs me the wrong way.
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